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Poland's Catholic Church says 625 minors abused by priests since 1990

A demonstration outside a Catholic Church in Warsaw, Poland against catholic priests who committed pedophilia.
A demonstration outside a Catholic Church in Warsaw, Poland against catholic priests who committed pedophilia. Photo: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Poland's Catholic Church leaders released a study on Thursday that said 625 minors have been abused by 382 priests from 1990 through June of last year — a revelation marking the first time officials have ever presented statistics about the scope of the child sex abuse problem there, the AP reports.

Details: Officials found that 345 victims were under age 15, 280 victims between 15 to 18 and 58% of the victims were male, per the AP. The report comes as the Catholic Church, one of the world’s most powerful institutions, grapples with backlash over the growing number of child sex abuse scandals around the globe.

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Polish PM cancels Israel trip amid tensions over the Holocaust

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled a planned trip to Israel this week amid ongoing diplomatic fallout over comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Poland's role in the Holocaust, per AP.

Backdrop: At a Middle East conference in Warsaw last week, Netanyahu said that "Poles cooperated with Nazis" during the Holocaust, but had been quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying "the Poles," implying the whole nation of Poland was at fault. Israel and Poland have clashed on this semantic issue before, holding secret backchannel talks last year over a controversial Polish law that criminalized attributing crimes committed during the Holocaust to Poland.

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